The Hanging

The Hanging

A Thriller

Book - 2013
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"One morning before school, two children find the naked bodies of five men hanging from the gym ceiling. The case leads detective Konrad Simonsen and his murder squad to the school janitor, who may know more about the killings than he is telling. Soon, Simonsen realizes that each of the five murdered men had a dark and terrible secret in common. And when Simonsen's own daughter is targeted, he must race to find the culprit before his whole world is destroyed. Published in twenty countries around the world, with more than 150,000 copies sold in Denmark alone, this book introduces a brother and sister duo who have taken the thriller world by storm. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and brilliantly written, The Hanging is a stunning crime novel from two authors whose international fame is exploding."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250021021
9780312656645
0312656645
Branch Call Number: M HAMMER
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 25 cm

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D_Kyle
May 01, 2018

The sister/brother writing team of Lotte and Soren Hammer produce well-constructed crime novels that take place in Copenhagen and environs. These novels do not spare you the gore, but it is interesting if you're a forensics lover. The investigative team is led by Konrad Simonsen, an older commander used to being obeyed, but who bends to his wife and co-worker (surely this isn't really allowed!), a smart and determined lady, and a countess to boot. The remainder of the team is well rounded and includes a misfit who contributes gifts of her own.

This storyline is well described in the details above, and I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates Nordic Noir and police procedurals. The writing is tight, the characters are well developed (though I have trouble with a countess who is also a homicide detective), and the stories are compelling/fast paced and will keep you up past your bedtime! I agree with a previous comment regarding the translation - not as smooth as some other Danish translators.

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EmilyEm
Feb 17, 2017

Danish homicide investigator ‘Simon’ Simonsen and his team unravel the motivations and actions that led to the gruesome deaths of five men and a media storm about abused children.

A new mystery series recommended by a friend that’s sure to grow on me. We’ll see after I read two more. Not the best translation.

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jazpur
Dec 26, 2015

In the scheme of Scandinavian detective stories, well down the list. I expected more.

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